What do good-hearted people, homeless pets, ballots and parks have in common? All are featured at the Clatsop County government's booth at the 2005 Clatsop County Fair.

The booth in the main Exhibit Hall promotes the many volunteer opportunities with the county and spotlights several individual volunteers.

In 2004, a total of 787 volunteers contributed 36,260 hours of service to the community through county services, which equals a monetary value of $549,342.

Application forms to become a county volunteer are available at the booth.

The Clatsop County Animal Shelter and Clatsop Animal Assistance Inc. will bring dogs and cats from the shelter to the booth at different times throughout the fair.

In addition, visitors to the booth can try out the new ballot that will be used for county elections starting this fall. Instead of drawing a line to connect two ends of an arrow, voters will now fill in an oval to mark their vote. The change is being made to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act.

The citizen task force that's updating the county's parks master plan is conducting a survey to gauge people's knowledge and opinions about the parks. Survey forms, available at the booth, can be filled out and left at the booth or mailed in later.

Information on other county services is available at the booth.

The fair runs through Saturday evening at the fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, off Oregon Highway 202 just east of Astoria.

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